Address: Donostia International Physics Center

Manuel Lardizabal Ibilbidea, 4, 20018 Donostia, Spain

Phone: +34 943 018957

Personal Website:



Research Career









DIPC/UPV-EHU (Spain), Ikerbasque Professor

CIC biomaGUNE (Spain), Ramón y Cajal Fellow

University of Warwick (UK), Marie Curie-IEF / Postdoctoral Fellow

University of Turin (Italy), Postdoctoral Fellow

University of Montana (USA), Visiting scholar

Novi-Elah-Dufour (Italy), Research and Development (Industry)

University of Montana (USA), Postdoctoral Fellow

University of Turin (Italy), PhD in Chemistry

ORCID ID: 0000-0002-2112-9095

Researcher ID: M-7300-2014

Scopus Author ID: 6507469245


Research interests

Photoactivatable anticancer metal complexes

Bioinorganic chemistry

Photochemistry, experimental and computational

Upconverting nanomaterials


Selected recent publications

Ruggiero, E.; Alonso-de Castro, S.; Habtemariam, A.; Salassa, L.; “Upconverting Nanoparticles For The Near Infrared Photoactivation Of Transition Metal Complexes: New Opportunities And Challenges In Medicinal Inorganic Photochemistry”, Dalton Trans., 2016, 45, 13012-13020.

Ruggiero, E.; Hernández-Gil, J.; Mareque-Rivas, J. C.; Salassa, L.; “Near Infrared Activation of an Anticancer PtIV Complex by Tm-Doped Upconverting Nanoparticles”, Chem. Commun., 2015, 51, 2091-2094.

 Laskay, Ü. A.; Garino, C.; Tsybin, Y. O.; Salassa, L.; Casini, A.; “Gold fingers motives formation studied via high-resolution mass spectrometry and in-silico methods”, Chem. Commun., 2015, 51, 1612-1615.

 Infante, I.; Azpiroz, J. M.; Gomez Blanco, N.; Ugalde, J. M.; Mareque-Rivas, J. C.; Salassa, L.; “Quantum Dot Photoactivation of Pt(IV) Anticancer Agents: Evidence of an Electron Transfer Mechanism Driven by Electronic Coupling”, J. Phys. Chem. C, 2014, 118, 8712-8721.

Borfecchia, E.; Garino, C.; Salassa, L.; Ruiu,T.; Gianolio, D.; Zhang, X.; Attenkofer, K.; Chen L. X.;Gobetto, R.; Sadler, P. J.; Lamberti, C. “Picosecond Photoinduced Ligand Dissociation from cis-[Ru(bpy)2(py)2]2+: X-Ray Transient Absorption Structural Characterization of a Triplet Excited State”, Dalton Trans., 2013, 42, 6564-6571.


Contact Details

Irene Casademont Reig

Donostia International Physics Center, DIPC
Kimika Teorikoa Departamentua, DIPC building 4
Euskal Herriko Unibertsitatea – University of The Basque Country
Manuel Lardizabal 4, 20018 Donostia
Euskal Herria
Phone: +34-943-015627
  • 2011 – 2015: BSc. Chemistry, Universitat de Girona.
  • 2015: Bachelor project “New Cu-based Dyes for application in Dye Sensitized Solar Cells (DSSC), Organic Light Emitting Diodes (OLEDs) and water splitting. An experimental and computational study”, Universitat de Girona
  • 2015 – 2016: MSc. Chemistry. Master in Advanced Catalysis and Molecular Modelling (MACMoM), Universitat de Girona.
  • 2016: Master project “Computational assessment of the properties of a Cu-based family of photosensitizers”, Universidad del País Vasco (UPV/EHU) / Donostia International Physics Center (DIPC).
  • 2016: PhD student. Grant of the Gobierno Vasco. Supervisors: Dr. Eduard Matito and Dr. Eloy Ramos-Cordoba.
  • 2017: 3 weeks visiting PhD student, Martin Head-Gordon group, University of California, Berkeley (UCB).

Conferences and Workshops

  • Poster presentation: Espa2016, Castelló de la Plana, Spain, 2016.
  • Attendant:  XXXII Annual Meeting of the Reference Network in Theoretical and Computational Chemistry, Barcelona, 2016.
  • Oral communication: PhD student seminar series of CSIC-EHU/UPV, Donostia, 2017.
  • Oral communication: I International Vigo Meeting on Advanced Computational Chemistry (IViMACC), Vigo, 2017.
  • Oral communication: Symposium Bordeaux-Euskampus, Bordeaux, 2017.
  • Software Carpentry Workshop, Donostia, 2017.
  • Poster presentation: 11th Triennial Congress of the World Association of Theoretical and Computational Chemists (WATOC2017), Munich, Alemania, 2017.
  • Poster presentation: 11th European Conference on Theoretical and Computational Chemistry (EUCO-TCC 2017), Barcelona, Spain, 2017.
  • Oral communication: 6th Workshop on Theoretical Chemistry and Computational Modelling (6th TCCM Workshop), Barcelona, Spain, 2017.

Publication List

  1. I. Casademont-Reig, T. Woller, J. Contreras-García, M. Alonso, M. Torrent-Sucarrat, E. Matito, “New electron delocalization tools to describe the aromaticity in porphirinoids”, Pys. Chem. Chem. Phys. (2017), just accepted. DOI: 10.1039/C7CP07581B.